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Driedger Re-Joins Kraken Roster

The expansion draft choice from Florida will work in much-anticipated tandem with Philipp Grubauer after missing six games with a lower-body injury

by Bob Condor / @ByBobCondor /

The Kraken announced Tuesday that goalie Chris Driedger has been activated from the injured reserve list and placed on the 23-man active roster.

Goalie Joey Daccord, who played Monday night in Edmonton, has been re-assigned to American Hockey League affiliate Charlotte. He appeared in two games for Seattle, a 4-2 loss in New Jersey (one empty net goal) and the 5-2 defeat in Edmonton. Daccord make several big saves in both games to keep them close going into the third periods.

"He battled hard," Hakstol said of Daccord's performance against the high-powered Oilers when asked during Monday's post-game media availability. "It's a tough night. You look at the first three goals, there's two tips there.

"As you get into the third period as a young guy, the one thing you'd ask is to find a save on one of those last two goals. They're not bad goals, they're tough plays."

Driedger relieved starting goalie Philipp Grubauer mid-second period during a 6-1 loss in Philadelphia. He gave up one goal in seven shots, but suffered a lower-body injury. He was scheduled to start the next night in New Jersey in the final game of the Kraken's five-game road trip to open the season.

Driedger tested his injury early the next morning, texting the Seattle training staff that he was not good to go for the Devils contest. He was placed on injured reserve and Daccord was an emergency call-up and starter.

Driedger worked out in solo sessions with goalie coach Andrew Allen before team practices and morning skates during the team's first home stand. He took his full turns in goal during drills and scrimmage time during Saturday's practice. Later in the morning, coach Dave Hakstol said the former Florida goalie was "day-to-day" and getting close to his return.

Driedger was 14-6 with a .927 save percentage and 2.07 goals-against average for the Panthers last season, helping the team reach the playoffs.  

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